This summer a woman from Connecticut was killed while vacationing while parasailing in Florida while on vacation with her husband. Reports have stated that officials have indicated the equipment may have malfunctioned. This tragedy has brought on the discussion about the lack of regulations on the parasailing industry. Currently the equipment, such as the rope, harness, chutes, towlines, etc. are not regulated by the state or the federal government. Therefore, there are no minimum standards that are required as we have in motor vehicles and other products.
Right now, the only requirements for parasailing are the U.S. Coast Guard's approval of the vessel and a boating license. The equipment directly associated with the recreational sport--the harness, the parasail chutes, any towlines--are not regulated.
Legislation is being reintroduced in an effort to ensure safety in the equipment being used for parasailing adventures.
Sachs' legislation would prohibit parasailing under certain weather conditions and operation within certain distance of shore and fixed objects. It would require insurance coverage and define safety protection measures, including inspection of ropes and harnesses.
If you or loved one has been injured by a defective product or by a products which is inherently dangerous, contact the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood to discuss your matter. 919.233.0520.